2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 2: Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds Game Debrief

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The first 40 looked to be slow and steady.

Both the Queensland Reds & Melbourne Rebels may have a great start in building up the attack but also not good at throw-ins.

Though it’s safe to say the Melbourne Rebels won that initial battle via the successful two penalty kicks.

It comes down to the Reds’ poor discipline that sent Hamish Stewart off with the yellow card for ten minutes.

Plus, a combination of not staying in their zone & lost opportunities with the finishing saw the Reds remain scoreless by half-time.

Despite having to deal without Stewart initially after the break, the Reds may have bounced back.

James O’Connor’s playmaking skills at No.10 proved to be the real deal with the short ball assist to Filipo Daugunu plus the penalty goal.

But the Reds still have trouble dealing with the discipline & in defense where they leaked two tries.

Though Alex Mafi pretty much saved the Reds from grace in a consolation try to give the Reds another chance to finish off right going into overtime.

Nothing much changed between the two sides in the end despite the missed opportunity attempt for goal from Bryce Hegarty.

So the Reds and Rebels would love to leave Brookvale Oval in Manly, hoping for a win.

Instead, they share with a point apiece in Week 2 of Super Rugby AU.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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